Ernie Evans is a man of large enthusiasms, ambition, and versatility. His Evans Media Source bills itself as a Full Service Media Production Company, and is just that, offering everything from full festivals through a weekly radio program streamed out of St. Augustine, FL, to weddings and festival appearances in several band combinations. The Florida State Bluegrass Band features everything from traditional bluegrass through swing and some bluegrassed acoustic jazz. When they broke out Fats Waller's 1935 version of Dinah, I could imagine Bill Monroe hearing it as he was seeking his own unique sound and making it his own.
What do a bunch of veteran bluegrass musicians with a little time on their hands do? They form a band. Sideline started as lark for a bunch of men centered around the Raleigh area in North Carolina. They were playing periodic mid-week gigs and liked what they were doing. A recording ensued, and, despite pretty regular work with their regular bands, they were able to accept a few festival dates, too. How come? Well, it's pretty simple. These guys can flat out deliver traditional bluegrass material the way it's supposed to sound with high energy and full commitment to the audience and their own performance. Darrell Webb singing lead has been a recognized presence in bluegrass for years. Skip Cherryholmes, retired from his family band and married to Steve Dilling's daughter is easing his way back into bluegrass. Jason Moore, from Mountain Heart, is one of bluegrass's go-to bass players for recordings and fill-ins. Steve Dilling, recently retired from IIIrd Tyme Out and now working in the back office for Jordan (Lorraine) Enterprises is still about the best emcee in bluegrass. They can really bring it. See them...if you can!